History Of Holistic Literacy

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Overview

As one of the few books on the history and philosophy of American elementary school education, Cavanaugh's work examines the pioneering careers of Francis Wayland Parker, John Dewey, Rudolph Steiner, Hughes Mearns, and Laura Zirbes. Finding the basic framework for current fashionable trends in education like the Whole Language and Process Writing Movement, Cavanaugh shows how educators came to these ideas over 100 years ago. After presenting the five biographies, Cavanaugh goes on to explain how children learn to read and write; what kinds of schools foster this learning; the roles of teachers, students, and parents; and the important tools of grading, evaluation, and assessment. In all these areas there are important lessons to learn from the past.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275947897
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/30/1994
  • Pages: 178
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

M. P. CAVANAUGH was a high school English teacher until she began teaching courses on Reading and Writing across the Curriculum and Children's Literature and Language Arts at the college level.

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Table of Contents

Preface
1 The Biographies 1
2 The Child: Children as Children and Children as Learners 31
3 Language and Literacy: How They Learn to Read and Write - Theory and Practice 57
4 Structure: History, Purpose, and Organization - A Description of Schools Where Learning Does Take Place 87
5 Structure: Teachers, Students, and Parents - Their Roles and Responsibilities 117
6 Grading, Evaluation, and Assessment: Why It Is So Important and Why It Is So Difficult to Do 139
7 Conclusion: Why It Is Imperative to Look to the Past as We Move to the Future 151
Index 163
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